Western Animation / Courage the Cowardly Dog


Narrator: We interrupt this program to bring you... Courage the Cowardly Dog Show, starring Courage, the cowardly dog! Abandoned as a pup, he was found by Muriel, who lives in the middle of Nowhere with her husband, Eustace Bagge! But creepy stuff happens in Nowhere. It's up to Courage to save his new home!
Eustace: (turns off TV) Stupid dog! You made me look bad! (pulls out mask) BOOGA BOOGA BOOGA!
Courage: AAAAAHHHHH!!!

From the twisted mind of animator John R. Dilworth (otherwise known for The Dirty Birdie and the Noodles and Ned segments on Sesame Street) came this Cartoon Network original series, spun off from Dilworth's animated short "The Chicken From Outer Space".

The title character, the high-strung and inexplicably pink canine Courage, is the beloved pet of Eustace and Muriel Bagge, an elderly couple who live on a dusty old farm in the middle of Nowhere (literally; they live in Nowhere, Kansas). Well, he's the beloved pet of the sweet-hearted Muriel, anyway; the mean and crotchety Eustace thinks he's just a "stupid dog", and torments Courage whenever he thinks he can get away with it (and even when he knows he can't).

In every episode, Courage and his family find themselves caught up in some form of supernatural weirdness, and Courage has to steel his frazzled nerves and save his owners from it. A refreshing change of pace from many cartoons of the day was that Courage seldom used force; more often, he relied on his wits (and a bit of kindness now and then) to deal with aliens, ghosts, monsters, criminals, the military, science gone wrong, or whatever sort of freaky happenings life threw at him.

As a rather interesting note, this is one of the very few cartoons that aired in the late 1990's to early 2000's that Cartoon Network still reruns on a fairly frequent basis. The series returned as a part of Cartoon Planet in 2012 to celebrate Cartoon Network's 20th anniversary. As of March 2013, the first two seasons of Courage are now on Netflix. They were removed around May 2014 and replaced with seasons 3 and 4. As of May 2015, however, the complete series is on Netflix.

There is now a new 7 minute CGI short based on the series, titled "The Fog of Courage." A preview can be seen here. Also a full version here. note 

Now with a Recap page, which could use a little Wiki Magic, as well as a Best Episode Crowner. Click here for Shout Outs.

This series has gathered a surprisingly large number of tropes, so we split the main page into two different ones.

Iris out, but Courage holds it open.
"I said it twice, and I'll say it again, the stuff on this page still shouldn't happen to a dog!"
Iris out (for real) and closes on Courage's nose

Alternative Title(s): Courage The Cowardly Dog